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"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains"

Treasures in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, ArizonaThe Lost Legends & History of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona

Discover the lost legends and forgotten history of the Santa Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, Arizona– including the story of the lost mine, the lost mission and the lost city of the Santa Catalinas.

"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" provides the most comprehensive overview of the Santa Catalina's history, documented in more than 400 pages and thousands of historical references!

Written by Robert Zucker
Collaborated with William Carter

Read Sample Chapters from "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains"

Introduction to the
Santa Catalina's Treasures

Table of Contents

The Santa Catalina Mountains

The Legends & History

The Lost City & Mission

Tucson Gold Rush of the 1880s

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Robert Zucker, author of "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" is available to speak to your group or organization about the history and legends of the Santa Catalina Mountains, including a presentation on the famous Iron Door Mine legend of the Santa Catalinas. To arrange a presentation book talk, call 520-623-3733 or email [email protected]

Videos of the Santa Catalinas


This video of slides are from the new book "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" with original music about the Catalina Mountains written and sung by Gary Holdcroft.

The rich Arizona legends of lost mines, treasures, lost cities and a lost mission in the Santa Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, Arizona have been passed down by word of mouth for generations. There is some historical truth to some of those famous legendary tales.

The most famous legend of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Iron Door Mine, helped launch the early American hunt for gold in the 1860s. Adventure seekers combed the mountains looking for lost Spanish treasures and digging for minerals 

Now, the story is told in more than 400 pages and 1,200 footnotes that detail the exploration for minerals and the actual history behind the legends of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Keep checking back for announcements and additional new chapters to read online about the treasures of the Catalinas. Read sample chapters from the book below and download a free condensed PDF from the full volume.

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Minerals of the Santa Catalina Mountains

The legends and history hidden in the Santa Catalina Mountains

Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona

A substantial amount of gold, and other minerals, have been extracted from the Santa Catalina Mountains over the last few centuries. The discoveries of early Spanish placer mining sites and ruins in the mountains only fueled speculation about those riches that may have been left behind.

The Tucson gold rush brought early American prospectors, and investors, to the Santa Catalina’s after the 1840s California Gold Rush.

They heard stories about the lost treasures of Spaniards, the legend of the Iron Door Mine and of gold dripping from the Canyon of Gold– the Cañada del Oro.

There were numerous strikes of gold and copper, but only a few claimed to find the Iron Door Mine. It was still enough for investors, including William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody, to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars towards massive mining ventures.

One factor stood in the way of these aspiring prospectors– the Apache Indians who guarded the mountains and defended it with blood for hundreds of years.

After the Apaches were finally subdued, the hub of early American mining in the Catalina Mountains developed in four areas around the Santa Catalina Mountains: the Cañada del Oro, the town of Oracle, Marble Peak near Mt. Lemmon and along the southern base near La Ventaña.

"Treasures of the Santa Catalinas" is presented in three parts– each brings into focus how the mysteries and history played a role in the hunt for gold in the mountains.

The first portion, The Legendary Sites of the Santa Catalina Mountains, explores several locations. These are the infamous places, which have been connected with the legends.

The second section, The Legends of the Santa Catalinas, reveals the stories entwined with those locations– the Iron Door mine, the lost city and lost mission. The stories are examined within the historical events that occurred at the time and how they influenced the rush for gold.

The final section, The Tucson Gold Rush, details the successes and failures of prospecting and mining gold, silver and copper minerals in the Catalina mountains.

These sections bring the once forgotten story of the Santa Catalina Mountains to life again.

"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" now available at Amazon!

The detailed history and legends of the Catalinas is told in a 400-page paperback. Buy "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" online for a discount at amazon.com, at CreateSpace eStore, or locally in Tucson at the both Summit Hut locations, Mostly Books, Buzz Café, the Oracle Inn Steakhouse and other locations to be announced. Purchase ebook on Kindle: Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Published by BZB Publishing, Inc.
P.O. Box 91317 Tucson, Arizona 85752

ISBN-13: 978-1-939050-05-2
ISBN-10: 1-939050-05-7

Printed by KPD, United States of America. © 2014.

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The Author of "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains"

Robert E. Zucker has published several Tucson, Arizona-based tabloid newspapers– Youth Alternatives, Youth Awareness Press, Tucson Teen, The Magazine and Entertainment Magazine. Robert also taught at the University of Arizon and Pima Community College Journalism Departments. He is also publisher of EMOL.org- the Entertainment Magazine On Line.

Contact Robert Zucker
Email: [email protected]
Call: 520-623-3733

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